Category: Illustration

Ankaris SciFi Sketches 004 – 006

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Sketches 004 to 006 now up for your viewing pleasure.

 

ps. By the way, I have started a BigCartel site to handle all of my SciFi art sales. Everything is now in the one place which has streamlined the process. It means I can update print products quickly without having to add html code to this site and BigCartel takes care of shopping carts for multiple purchases.

You can find my artwork here: ankaris.bigcartel.com.

Anyway.. back to the sketches! 🙂

Enjoy!

 

Ankaris SciFi Sketch 004

 

Ankaris SciFi Sketch 005

 

Ankaris SciFi Sketch 006

 

Ankaris SciFi Sketches 001 – 003

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Thought I would share some of the sketches I have been doing lately.. some of you may have seen these on my Facebook page or on Twitter.

Here are the first three in higher resolution for your viewing pleasure!

Enjoy

Ankaris, Scifi, science fiction, drawing, illustration, derelict, desert, spacecraft,
Ankaris SciFi Sketch 001

 

Ankaris, Scifi, science fiction, drawing, illustration, derelict, desert, spacecraft,
Ankaris SciFi Sketch 002

 

Ankaris, Scifi, science fiction, drawing, illustration, derelict, desert, spacecraft,
Ankaris SciFi Sketch 003

 

 

 

Interzone 257, A Murmuration

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Long time no blog.. I was a bit worn out after Illuxcon and the holiday period. I’ve also been ramping up for my second year of teaching at PAD which has involved a bit of re-engineering of the course as we strive for better delivery.

I have however been active illustrating for UK’s oldest SF magazine, Interzone. This time it was an honour to illustrate a short story by Alastair Reynolds called, A Murmuration.

This was done entirely in ink with pen and brush. I did of course use Photoshop for some clean up.

Enjoy!

 

Spectrum Exhibit, Society of Illustrators

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Thought I’d share this pic taken by the guys hanging the Spectrum Exhibit at the Society of Illustrators. My painting Sky Burial #2 is back there waiting to be hung. Many thanks to Irene Gallo for posting this on FB and to Evan Shipard for alerting me to it.

In a few days I will actually be able to update this post with my own pictures from the artists reception. Can’t wait!

Many thanks to the photographer!

Paintings ready for hanging at the Society of Illustrators ©Society of Illustrators

 

To be updated…

As promised here is a picture of Sky Burial #2 hanging at the base of the stairs on the lower level of the Society of Illustrators. I shot this after my return from Illuxcon, not on the night of the artists reception… explains the lack of people!

If you ever get to NY, you must drop in and see what they have on their walls.

 

Levitation

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Here is the scan of my latest science fiction painting, Levitation. This is the final version of the painting that started life as a small watercolour thumbnail way back in 2001!

The actual painting is currently being framed and will soon be heading to Illuxcon along with eleven other paintings.

Here is the final with some detailed images.

Check out this post for a look at past variations of the painting. There are aspects of each that I like but no one version has it all.. so who knows, there may be another version yet to come.

For those interested, there will also be limited edition prints of this painting available very soon.

Enjoy!

Levitation . 46″ x 18″ . Oil on Linen
Detail 1
Detail 2

 

Spectrum Exhibition at the Society of Illustrators

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Quick update to announce the addition of my painting Sky Burial #2 into the Spectrum Exhibition being shown at the Society of Illustrators, New York from the 3rd Sept through to 18th October.

I will be flying into NY on my way to Illuxcon7 just in time for the Artist Reception on the 12th Sept.

Many thanks to Irene Gallo, Greg Manchess, Arnie and Cathy Fenner for selecting my work, it is a great honor.   :-))

 

In the meantime, it’s back to painting for Illuxcon.. and here is another painting hot off the brush!

Enjoy

Rendezvous, 40″ x 16″, Oil on Linen

The Making of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey by Taschen Books

 

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Well here it is.. Coming soon from Taschen Books is the epic book box set titled The Making of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Written by Piers Bizony. This will be one gorgeous book collection and I cannot wait to see it in the flesh.

I was invited to paint the box artwork by Taschen based on the layout design by M/M Design of Paris. The idea was to capture some of the traditional look of illustration yet also have a clean simple design.

The image was painted in oils and scanned by the chaps at Cie-Elle Digital Imaging. I made all other adjustments digitally.

The black areas were easily cleaned up by re-painting them digitally. Stars were added on a separate layer digitally rather than me painting them in by flicking oil paint around with a tooth brush! We had some placement adjustments to make and a format change right at the end which necessitated some major digital work to the final image but all in all it came out pretty much as per the layout.

Before I got to the final large format painting, I did knock out a study of HAL’s red eye. I was hoping to go looser with the painting as can be seen with the study but the final version works as a clean design.

Many thanks to Taschen Books and M/M Paris for the opportunity to contribute to such a wonderful project.

 

Enjoy!

Study of HAL 9000 eye.
Taschen Books, Making of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey
54″ x 24″, Oil on Linen, Final Painting.
Taschen Books, Making of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey
Final Artwork for the box set.